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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Former Prisoners of WarAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2018Committee Number1330
Original Establishment Date8/14/1981Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*12
Current Charter Date6/21/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter6/21/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Leslie
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameN
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Williams
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*38 U.S.C. 541Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 530-9219
Effective Date Of Authority*8/14/1981Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*leslie.willilams1@va.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on the care of and support for the rapidly decreasing former prisoners of war (FPOWs) community. The Committee closely monitors VA programs and policies to ensure that the needs of FPOWs are met. Committee recommendations are specifically tailored to address the unique circumstances of POW confinement, and those recommendations routinely require active collaboration among VA's respective administrations. The Committee continues to be very successful in affecting VA policies and federal legislation mandating improved services to FPOWs [This aligns to: VA Strategic goal 1 Veterans choose VA for easy access, greater choices, and clear information to make informed decisions]. The Committee recommended and VA implemented the automated processing of DIC claims for surviving spouses of FPOWs [This aligns to VA strategic goal 2: Veterans receive timely and integrated care and support that emphasizes their well-being and independence throughout their life journey]. The Committee also has concerns regarding the proper staffing of the Care and Benefit teams at each VA medical center. Some of the challenges faced by the POWs include matters that are supported by the Secretary's current top priorities -- many POWs experience increased risk of death by suicide, adverse outcomes related to opiate usage, and getting access efficient and timely access to mental and physical healthcare. VA is committed to ensure properly trained employees are staffed at each hospital [This aligns to VA Strategic goal 4: VA will modernize systems and focus resources more efficiently to be competitive and to provide World Class capabilities to Veterans and its employees].
How is membership balanced?*The Committee is composed of seven former prisoner of war (FPOW) Veterans and five non FPOWs. One FPOW member is a physician. The members of the Committee, who are former prisoners of war, represent WWII (Germany), Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War eras. Together the Committee approaches the issues of FPOWs scientifically, medically and personally. There is one Ex-Officio member who represents the medical and benefits programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Committee is actively recruiting new members.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee usually meets twice a year, in varies locations bases on the needs within the FPOW community. The purpose for meetings is for local FPOWs and Veterans service organizations to have the opportunity to meet and interact with the Committee. This process has resulted in beneficial legislation and improved services for FPOWs, and is expected to continue to do so. The Committee has received numerous briefings by senior and mid level VA officials on how the Department is addressing the special needs of FPOWS, both nationally and at local VA facilities. They have received status reports on revised VA processes and policies designed to comply with recommendations of the Committee. In FY 2018, the Committee held two meetings a site visit on November 29 - December, 2017 to Atlanta, and site visit on September 19 - 22, 2019 to Loma Linda, CA.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee represents a unique segment of our Veteran population which is able to review recommendations and ideas objectively. Proposals from the Committee are intended to assist all FPOWs regardless of age, war or personal circumstance.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Committee meetings are open to the public. However, if the committee tours a VA facility, the meetings are closed to the public to protect patient privacy.
Recommendation RemarksNA
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*220Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThis is a total of recommendations for FY 2003 through FY 2018.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*90.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*10.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentVA responds specifically in writing to each recommendation made by the Committee.Narrative Description*The Committee advises the Secretary on the health and welfare of former POWs, and makes specific recommendations for the improvement of benefits and services as they affect former POWs.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$15,000.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$25,000.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$5,000.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$40,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$60,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$25,000.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$30,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$1,000.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$5,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$5,000.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$15,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$86,000.00Est. Total Next FY*$140,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.50Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.50
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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

  
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001159Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War2017
 COM-003046Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War2016
 COM-003375Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War2015
 COM-004275Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War2014
 COM-005471Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War2013
 COM-007338Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War2012
 COM-008242Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War2011
 COM-009472Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War2010
 COM-009684Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War2009
 COM-010766Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War2008
 COM-011550Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War2007
 COM-013233Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War2006
 COM-013415Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War2005
 COM-015142Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War2004
 COM-015340Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War2003
 COM-016343Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War2002
 COM-017292Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War2001
 COM-019034Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War2000
 COM-019256Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War1999
 COM-020915Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War1998
 COM-021962Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War1997